Pollution Control Standards

ORSANCO sets Pollution Control Standards for industrial and municipal waste water discharges to the Ohio River, and tracks certain dischargers whose effluent can seriously impact water quality.  The standards designate specific uses for the Ohio River, and establish guidelines to ensure that the river is capable of supporting these uses.  To keep pace with current issues, ORSANCO strives to review the standards at least every three years.  As part of the review process, workshops and public hearings are held for public input.

Review Process for Ohio River Pollution Control Standards:

Each review consists of the following steps:

1. An initial public comment period, in which comments are sought on all aspects of the Standards.
2. Consideration of the public comments received and formulation of specific proposals for revisions to the Standards.
3. A second public comment period on specific proposed revisions.
4. Consideration of comments on proposed revisions and Commission adoption of revisions.

2018 Second Public Review of Pollution Control Standards: June 26 – August 10, 2018 (Extended to August 20, 2018)

The Commission is accepting public comments, and technical and scientific studies and data supporting those comments, now through August 10, 2018 (Extended to August 20, 2018), to assist in a new review and update of its current Pollution Control Standards for discharges to the Ohio River – 2015 Revision.  The purpose of the public comment period is to receive input from interested parties on specific proposed revisions of the standards.  ORSANCO is particularly interested in receiving technical and scientific information or data that supports comments on the proposed revisions.

The Commission’s proposed revisions to the Pollution Control Standards for Discharges to the Ohio River – 2015 Revision are as follows:

Click here for proposed revised standards (marked up version).

Click here for proposed revised standards (unmarked version).

Review Process: Public Hearing and Comments

ORSANCO is inviting comment on proposed revisions to its Pollution Control Standards for Discharges to the Ohio River – 2015 Revision as presented above.  A public comment period, hearing, and informational webinars are being held to support the Commission’s receipt of public comments.  The comment period extends from June 26, 2018 through August 10, 2018 (Extended to August 20, 2018) , and all comments must be received by midnight, August 10, 2018 (Extended to August 20, 2018) Instruction on submitting comments below.  A hearing will be held on July 26, 2018, at 6:00pm (EDT), at the Holiday Inn Cincinnati Airport, 1717 Airport Exchange Blvd., Erlanger, KY, to facilitate oral testimony.  A full transcript of the hearing will be recorded and made available.  In addition, two informational webinars have been scheduled prior to the hearing, on July 12, 2018, at 3:00pm (EDT), and July 19, 2018, at 6:00pm (EDT).  These webinars are for the purpose of explaining the proposed revisions and review process.  Thus, while questions on the proposal or process will be addressed during the webinars, they are not for the purpose of accepting oral comments.  See below for instructions on participating in the webinars.

Click here for the Notice of Public Hearing on proposed amendments to Pollution Control Standards for Discharges to the Ohio River, 2015 Edition.

Click here for transcript of the Public Hearing.

Instructions for Webinar Participation

Participation in webinars requires simultaneous access to the internet and a telephone.
For complete webinar directions, please visit: http://www.orsanco.org/webinar-directions/

Click here to view the July 12th, 2018 Pollution Control Standards webinar.

Click here to view the July 19th, 2018 Pollution Control Standards webinar.

Click here to view the July 26th, 2018 public hearing presentation.

Instructions for Submitting Comments (must be received by Midnight, August 10, 2018 – Extended to August 20, 2018)

All parties interested in submitting comments may do so by mail or email.  Mailed comments should be addressed to: ORSANCO, 5735 Kellogg Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45230, Attn: PCS Comments.  Emailed comments should be sent to: PCS@orsanco.org.  Email attachments will not be accepted in order to protect data systems integrity.  All comments and information should be included in the body of your email.  Please contact ORSANCO directly at 513-231-7719 for instructions on submitting technical and scientific information or data since email attachments cannot be accepted.  Your name and address must accompany all correspondence.

2018 Initial Public Review of Pollution Control Standards: Jan. 10 – Feb. 24, 2018 (now closed)

Click here for all materials and comments received from the initial public review period which took place from January 10 through February 24, 2018 (now closed).

2015 Revision to Pollution Control Standards (Current Revision)

Click here for the 2015 Standards.